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Human Confetti in the Jungle of Guyana April 23, 2012

Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
Human Confetti in the Jungle of Guyana

Beach prides himself in getting together some of the most striking photographs possible to show his students at uni. However, he is dismayed how often good photographs require dead bodies: a revolutionary Spanish soldier with his head disintegrating, Aldo Moro curled in a fœtus in the back of that fiat, Jesse James laid out, the […]

Remembering Bologna January 23, 2012

Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
Remembering Bologna

Beachcombing doesn’t normally have much time for railway-stations, but for Bologna he’ll make an exception. It is not the edifice itself that catches his attention, but the way memory has been built into its very fabric: the memory that is of 2 August 1980. At 10.25 on the morning of that day a bomb went […]

Image: Tupaia’s Map March 23, 2011

Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
Image: Tupaia's Map

History faculties have spent much of the last forty years demonstrating to their own satisfaction that the rise of the West is not ‘the whole story’. Hiding behind enslaved Africans, small-poxed Carribean islanders and various downtrodden Asian peoples there are other narratives struggling to get out. Beachcombing is all for looking at the other side […]